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I recently purchased the Garvin Industries Adventure Half Rack to haul extra camping gear, kayaks, etc. (http://www.wildernessracks.com/roof-...dtop-only.html) It works great except for the wind noise when it's empty. When the panels are off the freedom top, it's fine, but when the weather is bad and it needs to be closed up, hitting highway speeds makes it impossible to hear. Anybody have any suggestions or had a similar problem? Because of the need to remove the panels, a don't think a universal wind deflector will work, haven't tried it yet though. I've read good reviews about the boom mats as well, but don't know if that will cut down the noise enough. Open to suggestions!
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Not from personal experience but I've heard that if you wrap/coil rope or cord or something similar around the front tubes it will disrupt the wind pattern enough to reduce/eliminate the wind noise. Cheap enough to try as a last resort. 1" to 2" spacing on the wraps. Good luck!

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Noise was the main reason why I sold my rack. If you think it's bad with the hard top, try it with a soft top some day. The wind turbulence causes the soft top to flutter and flap, making it sound like someone's sitting over the back seats with a huge drum. The other reason was clearance on the trail.

The good news was I could take the entire rack except for the front support/light bar off in 15 minutes and leave it behind. Which, it turns out, I did more and more often until it just didn't get used at all. Still I liked the light bar, though it still caused some noise.

Eventually I sold the whole thing. I was honest and explained the problem with noise to the buyer, but he was committed. Two months later he put the rack up for sale again.

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Try this from Yakima:
http://yakima.factoryoutletstore.com...term=air%20dam

Or I heard of one guy who bought one of those noodles people use in swimming pools. Sliced it down one side and slid it over the front tube of his rack. For that matter, you could also try some foam pipe insulation. Good luck.
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I recently purchased the Garvin Industries Adventure Half Rack to haul extra camping gear, kayaks, etc. (http://www.wildernessracks.com/roof-...dtop-only.html) It works great except for the wind noise when it's empty. When the panels are off the freedom top, it's fine, but when the weather is bad and it needs to be closed up, hitting highway speeds makes it impossible to hear. Anybody have any suggestions or had a similar problem? Because of the need to remove the panels, a don't think a universal wind deflector will work, haven't tried it yet though. I've read good reviews about the boom mats as well, but don't know if that will cut down the noise enough. Open to suggestions!
I am lucky not to have any wind noise. You could try one of these from Yakima. It is called a Windjammer. Name:  image.jpg
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You are post #4. Lol

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Thanks- I'll try the cord and see if it works. The fairings don't fit right because of the freedom panels. Have any of you tried boom mats?
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I did the pool noodle thing. It helped keep the soft top from slapping against the rack, so it did reduce the noise, but did not quiet it down enough. Was impossible to hold a conversation in the Jeep at 60 MPH.

I also had the Gobi wind deflector. Didn't make a big difference.

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Well I guess this is your only other option......
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Wind Jammer might work as well. I made a seriously make-shift jammer just to test it out and it seemed to reduce the noise. The Yakima won't fit the bars of the garvin rack, but maybe I can make my own somehow... Hmmm
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